Queen’s Park – Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath called on the government to stop stalling and pass Bill 77, Affirming Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Act, to end the unacceptable practice of conversion therapy in the province. Horwath praised the tireless efforts of NDP LGBTQ issues critic Cheri DiNovo, who by introducing Bill 77 on behalf of New Democrats, has taken a strong stand against conversion therapy in the Legislature and in the community. Horwath said that all parties support the bill. The majority Liberal government has an obligation to treat this important legislation with the urgency it deserves.
Queen’s Park – Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath cautiously welcomed today’s funding announcement for Hamilton’s LRT. Horwath, who has been a long-time advocate for a Hamilton LRT, pointed out that the Liberals first committed to a Hamilton LRT back in 2007. When shovels finally hit the ground in 2019 the track won’t go as far as promised.
“This morning we learned two things. First, we learned that at long last the government actually knows how to spell ‘LRT’ when it comes to Hamilton, but we also learned the neighbourhoods near Eastgate Square have been shutout of the government’s LRT plans.”
Horwath said that by failing to run the LRT to Eastgate Square as promised, surrounding areas will miss out on the economic uplift that the LRT would bring.
Queen’s Park – Today, Andrea Horwath, Leader of Ontario’s New Democrats called on the Liberal government to separate the portions of Bill 91 that relate to the proposed sell-off of Hydro One and to travel the committee across the province.
“Kathleen Wynne didn’t run on a plan to sell-off Hydro One and to this day she refuses to listen to Ontarians. She buried her short-sighted sell-off in a Harper-style omnibus bill and at every turn she has shut down debate and stifled consultation,” said Horwath.
For weeks, Horwath and the ONDP Caucus have called for hearings to travel the Province in order to ensure the most inclusive consultation possible. These requests have been consistently ignored by the Wynne Government.
Queen’s Park – Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath issued the following statement:
“I welcome the principled stand taken by Ontario's independent watchdogs against the Liberal sell-off of Hydro One.
Today’s statement by Ontario's Ombudsman, Auditor General, Integrity Commissioner, Financial Accountability Officer, Information and Privacy Commissioner, Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth, Environmental Commissioner and French Language Services Commissioner reinforces what New Democrats have been saying all along: Kathleen Wynne must stop her short-sighted, undemocratic sell-off of Hydro One.
Queen’s Park – Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath continued her fight against the Liberal sell-off of Hydro One by bringing an Opposition Day Motion to the floor of the Legislature today. Horwath called on Premier Wynne to stop ignoring public opposition and stop her short-sighted selloff of Hydro One. The NDP Leader’s motion read,
It is my honour to rise today to recognize Nursing Week and to recognize the incredible work that Ontario’s nurses do for the people of Ontario.
Nurses are the backbone of Ontario’s health care system.
They support patients every step of the way as they move through our health care system.
From the moment they enter care, to the time that they are discharged, and then onward through their recovery.